For the month of March we are focusing on books! I am an avid reader, and I think most of you are too. Below I’m going to share 3 of the books I’ve read recently. In the COMMENTS section (button is near the title of the blog) feel free to share something you’ve read recently. I’m sure others would be interested.
Year of Plenty. I don’t read many nonfiction books, but I really enjoyed this one. It’s the story of a Presbyterian preacher and his family. They decide to change some of their consumer habits. Their motto becomes – buy it used, buy it local, use homemade or use home grown. It’s a fun story and it definitely caused me to pause and reconsider some of my habits.
The Book Thief. This is one of the best written books I’ve read in several years. It’s the story of a young German girl during the Hitler years. Not necessarily a “Christian” book, it still does a wonderful job of showing the trials and triumphs of that time period.
Hidden Mercies. This was my first Serena Miller book, but it won’t be my last. She provides wonderful characters, an authentic setting, and a story that kept me interested until the end.
These are just 3 of the books I’ve enjoyed over the last few weeks. I’d love to hear what you’re reading.
Mid-week Inspiration and Lent
I enjoy the season leading up to Easter. It’s a special time of year in the life of any Christian. It’s a time when we stop and consider the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross for you and for me.
Usually during Lent I try to think of something to give up – like chocolate or television. This year, I think I’m going to borrow an idea from my friend, Shelley Shepard Gray.
Looking for something to give up for Lent?
Give up resentment and become more forgiving.
Give up hatred and return good for evil.
Give up complaining and be more grateful.
Give up pessimism and become more hopeful.
Give up worry and become more trusting.
Give up anger and become more patient.
Give up pettiness and become more noble.
Give up gloom and become more joyful.
Give up doubt and turn to God.
Not a bad list, which includes many things I could work on. If you’d like more information about Lent, this article is informative. I pray that each of you will have a special Lenten season as we make our way toward the cross.
p.s. – our winner for Kelly Irvin’s book was Melanie Backus. Thank you all for entering! We’ll continue our discussion of BOOKS this Saturday.
Author Spotlight, Kelly Irvin & Love Redeemed
For the month of March our blog focus is going to be BOOKS. We’re very fortunate to have my friend and talented author, Kelly Irvin, stop by. She wanted to share with us a little about her latest release and then offer a give-away.
Have you ever done something, however inadvertently, that led to disaster? If you didn’t mean to do it, are you to blame for the consequences of your actions? That’s the issue I tussled with as I wrote Love Redeemed. Phoebe and Michael are at that sweet place in their fledgling relationship where every encounter is full of lovely anticipation and discovery. Then they make a split second decision that results in a Continue reading
Midweek Inspiration, Loving Others
Last Sunday, my pastor showed a video about loving others. The scripture verse we focused on was Matthew 5:43-44. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” He showed us this little video that I Continue reading
FAQ About the Amish, Part 2
Last week I shared some of the most frequent questions I hear regarding this Amish. I have a few more that I’d like to share today. Remember, these answers are based on my experience–yours might be different as practices differ between communities.
- Is it true that the Amish only study and teach certain parts of the Bible? I haven’t actually attended an Amish church, but I can tell you Continue reading
Midweek Inspiration, Joy
I’m currently working on my contribution to An Amish Cradle. My story will be about an Amish woman and man who have been married for over twenty years when their life takes an unexpected turn. Isn’t it funny how that happens sometimes? Continue reading
Frequently Asked Questions About the Amish
We have been focusing on the background of the Amish this month and general information about them. I thought that this week and next week, I’d answer some FAQ. Remember, these answers are based on my experience–yours might be different and certainly some of what you read will come from a different perspective.
- Do the Amish try to justify their use of phones, electricity, cars out of their house instead of inside of their house and transportation when needed for longer distances? Continue reading
Midweek Inspiration – Phoebe
Many of you have already seen pictures of Phoebe on Facebook, but for the rest of you I wanted to share the newest member of our family.
Phoebe was a shelter dog. She’s a 3 year old lab mix. She has hip displaysia, but so far it’s not a Continue reading
Photo by Liz Vander Lee
Amish, Children, and Education
Last week we talked about some of the common history that Amish share with Anabaptists, Mennonites and Hutterites. Today we’re going to talk about Amish children. I’m including items I’ve learned from research, speaking with Amish families, and visiting Amish communities. Please Continue reading
Midweek Inspiration – Watoto Choir
Last week my church had the pleasure of hosting the Watoto Choir. This is a children’s choir from Africa. What a delight they were! They shared the message of Christ through song and testimony, and one of their themes was “We are not forgotten.” Sometimes we need to hear that – and to hear it from Continue reading